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Benefits to Keep in Mind with a Reverse Split System Air Conditioner

by Ivan Prescott

Are you considering getting a reverse-cycle HVAC system for your home? If you are, here are several benefits to keep in mind.


Split-system air conditioning is flexible, as it can heat or cool one room or many, so you can choose how much or how little of your house you want it to cover. For example, you can fit one split system in a living area. The indoor unit will be connected to one outdoor unit.

You can build on this minimal setup if you want more of your house covered. You could install a multi-split system that connects one outdoor unit to several indoor ones. You can even fit more than one multi-split system if you want to extend the coverage.

Heating and Cooling

A split system requires a unit on the wall. This is one of the slight disadvantages of these air conditioners in comparison to ducted systems, as your room will have a noticeable appliance. However, you also have the advantage, with reverse-cycle air conditioning, that it both heats and cools. This means you don't need to clutter the room with a separate heater, and the wall unit will be useful in both summer and winter. Using one appliance all year will streamline maintenance as well.


Reverse-cycle heating is an economical form of electrical heating. These systems absorb the warmth in the outdoor air that you may not feel yourself, and they relocate this heat to the indoor unit via the refrigerant. For the amount of electricity they use, a reverse-cycle unit gives your home a lot of heat. It doesn't generate the heat by burning fuel or other means but simply relocates it from the outdoors to the indoors. In cooling mode, it does the reverse.

Simple to Install

Another benefit of reverse-cycle split system air conditioners is that they're relatively simple to install. They don't require a lot of construction or house alterations. The indoor component is fitted to a wall with the outdoor unit nearby, and the two are connected with coils. These coils are quite small, so a hole can easily be drilled through the wall to accommodate them.

Other kinds of air conditioners, such as ducted systems, require a lot of infrastructure in the form of ducts and vents. With these systems, the contractors will need to cut a hole in the ceiling of every room to be conditioned to accommodate the vents. This is more complicated than fitting a split system and feeding small coils through the wall.

Reach out to an HVAC contractor to learn more about reverse-cycle air conditioning systems to learn more.